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Below is one of a selection articles found in an attempt to gauge the impact in the media of the WCC's 9th Assembly. Since it appeared in an independent publication, this article neither represents nor necessarily reflects the official policy of the World Council of Churches.




Assembly invites churches, faiths to join in promoting the Decade to Overcome Violence around the world


Marking the midpoint of the World Council of Churches' Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV), participants at the 9th Assembly wondered if churches were abandoning people in Northern Uganda and if church leaders were engaging in "sterile" debates about when violence is permissible. 

"Since the decade started in 2001," said Tale Hungnes Lucas, a leader in the Church of Norway, "Sept. 11 and the war on terror arose, creating a new context."

Speakers at a press conference and the plenary on the decade raised challenges and questions for churches worldwide. (...)